This British author is well aware of the early teenager's longing for romance, to be on her own, to travel, and give vent to her desire for independence. In Hilary's story all these elements are exploited, resulting in satisfying reading for young girls. Hilary is hired as a governess for the three daughters of Madame Silvestre. With her friend Caroline, the two embark on their first trip to France. The three wards require much patience and understanding. Julie, betrothed to Bernard, is in love with Pierre; Lunette feels her dreams of the ballet will be thwarted; Marie, the youngest, is spoiled and selfish. A rocky romance with Christopher Kirby, a student she met on the boat, adds to Hilary's problems. She succeeds however, in helping the Silvestre girls face their problems, and in winning Christopher. An ordinary plot is supported by some extraordinary features. Among these are the lively descriptions of the French countryside, St. Malo, Le Grand Bey, the Celtic country of Brittainy, the fishing port of La Trinite Mont St. Michel and some interesting references to the war.